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Left Atrial Myxoma and Descending Aortic Dissection in a Patient with Cerebrovascular Accident, Incidentally Coexistent Findings

Author(s): Maryam Esmaeilzadeh | Azadeh Sadatnaseri | Hossein Azarnik | Ramin Baghaei | Kambiz Mozaffari

Journal: The Cardiology
ISSN 1811-8194

Volume: 2;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 16;
Date: 2006;
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Keywords: Myxoma | aortic dissection | echocardiography

Cardiac myxomas are benign tumors of the heart with a surgical incidence of about 0.5/million population/year. They usually present during 4th to 6th decades and are more commonly seen in woman. About 75% arise in the Left Atrium (LA), most are single pedunculated, although multiple and villous forms have been described. Echocardiography has greatly facilitated the diagnosis of cardiac tumors. We report a case of left atrial myxoma as a source of emboli and incidental finding of localized descending aortic dissection subsequent a remote traumatic deceleration injury of the thoracic aorta. This is the first case of coexistence LA myxoma and aortic dissection.

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